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Typical Orchestra

by John Schott

rowdy, brainy, roots-driven jazz mashup, led by T. J. Kirk guitarist and John Zorn co-hort.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Doom Indigo
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2. The Grind
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3. Avalon
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4. The Hokey Locus
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5. Los Angeles
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6. The World Is Upside Down
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7. Hollersdale
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8. Purge and Plunge
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9. Vadoo
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Album Notes
viz. "John Schott's Typical Orchestra,"
9 new recordings, upon which has been lavished the utmost care, featuring a veritable chamber orchestra of renowned and compelling musicians, recorded in Myles Boisen's gothic analog tape chambers, of abstract roots and blues by John Schott.
In a clever digipak designed by Karen Salomon and Lee Bearson.
Featuring:Ben Goldberg (New Klezmer Trio), Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers), Ches Smith (Mr. Bungle), Lorin Benedict (Steve Coleman), Odile Lavault (Baguette Quartet), Jon Raskin (Rova), Myles Boisen, Carla Kihlstedt, Joe Karten, Dan Plonsey, Rob Ewing, and Ward Spangler.

John Schott has worked with T. J. Kirk, John Zorn, Rova Sax Quartet, Junk Genius, Paul Dresher, and Mike Patton.
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I've been trying to tell people about John Schott for years . This record is a great example of both his compositional and guitar voices. John knows the
guitar vernacular (from Son House to Bill Frisell) and uses it organically as a unifying element in these compositions.

Charlie Hunter (guitarist, composer)

I LOVE YOUR NEW CD! I just love a lot of the things about this CD. Los Angeles is beautiful. Doom Indigo touches a musical part of me that has not been touched before (this is good!). The guitar in Hollersdale & Avalon (resonator w/slide??). I did want to hear more of the main theme in Purge and Plunge!!!!! (the bop section) way cool! The "Mongolian Scat Singing" (must be Lorin?) - where in the heck did that come from (Avalon)? I love "The World Is Upside Down". Great scoring! Excellent effort. You have made a Miles Davis meets Frank Zappa (yes, there is humor in music) w/many turns along the way!

Mike Wilson [my first (and best) guitar teacher from 1978-1983.]

I enjoyed the record a lot...and you worked with some of my favorite players. I enjoyed the eclecticism and general Eastern European intellectual sensibilities. And of course, your playing was as ingenious and musical as

Joe Gore (guitarist Tracy Chapman, P.J. Harvey, Tom Waits)

I like your new CD a lot. Playing, writing & arrangements all's very creative and fresh. How did you hook up with that singer? He's fearless. Ches and Devon are awesome.

Hans Wendl (producer/manager - Tin Hat Trio, Don Byron)

Fucking-a, John, great record!

Rob Sudduth (saxophonist, NYC)

John's latest reflects the broad spectrum of his musical ideas and inspiration. It is a fine and multifaceted piece of work. I urge whoever is interested in originally
conceived and well-performed music to have a listen.

Lee Townsend (producer/manager Bill Frisell, John Scofield)

Yeah; you should be depressed. How can somebody be making music that is this good and have no gigs or tours? Impossible. I've listened thru Los Angeles and besides the fact that it's brilliant, it's also full of hooks and things that less avant garde people can relate too.

Lawrence Ochs (Rova Sax Quartet)



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Psychopathic blues, taking every chans to show that it's guilty - and getting better and better for each time i play it .

CD Baby

With a line-up of players with credentials from John Zorn to Nels Cline to Mr. Bungle, you can be assured that you're in for some boundary-stretching, upside down cleverness backed by more than a desire to push the envelope. In a style such as avant garde jazz, where everyone and his dog is releasing an album of chaotic, manic splatterings of this and that, it's rare to find a disc with just as much substance, education, expertise and intelligence as innovation and clever disarray. It seems to affirm the theory that those who know the rules before breaking them come out with better results than those with no real relationship to those rules. "Typical Orchestra" is not simply harmony and melody flung against a wall and abused by extended techniques. Daring to be melodic, lyrical, and even sensitive, there is some definite, palpable craft, care and intent going on here, which makes this the most successful contemporary jazz album in our warehouse to date.

Aaron Alexander

I love this CD
I can't stop listening to this CD.
I love the playing, the compositions, and especially the sounds of the instruments. The guitar playing is brilliant as expected, the rapport between the players is very strong, especially the guitarist & clarinetist. The drummer plays with a deep groove and a wide command of textures.
The whole CD has the kind of fun grooviness that pulls you in easily, before you realize how deep it is. By then it's too late, you're hooked.